Captain Planet Foundation Names Leesa Carter Executive Director

Former U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter Executive Director to Lead Environmental Education Foundation  

 ATLANTA – May 9, 2012 – The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF), an organization dedicated to high-quality programs that empower youth to become global environmental change-makers, has named Leesa Carter as its new Executive Director. Carter previously served as executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter and will bring with her years of experience in executive-level nonprofit management and sustainability programming in schools.

Carter graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wake Forest University. She currently serves on the Atlanta Recycles steering committee, the Turner Foundation’s Green Schools Roundtable and the Georgia Conservancy Blueprints Committee. Carter is also a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, the Industry Advisory Board for Southern Polytechnic State University and DeKalb Technical College’s Green Technologies Advisory Board.

“I am very excited about Leesa joining the Foundation as the new executive director,” said Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation. “The Captain Planet mission continues to grow in the U.S and around the world. Leesa’s passion and energy will allow the Foundation to teach and inspire a whole new generation of kids about the environment.”

Interim executive director and longtime board member Christina Stevens will continue to serve on the Foundation’s board.

“It has been an honor to serve as the Captain Planet Foundation’s interim executive director,” said Stevens. “We are excited for Leesa to step in and take the Foundation to new heights.”

“I believe the work of the Captain Planet Foundation is a vital part of the solution for our planet.  Like the Captain Planet Board, I believe we can’t afford to raise another generation without honoring and supporting the fact that every child holds a key to solving the environmental problems plaguing our communities,” said Carter.  “It is our job to give these student change-makers the tools, funding, and best practices to solve and implement their answers.”